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Ecuador developer extends design bid date for 550-MW Sopladora

Hydro generator Hidropaute S.A has extended the deadline for bids for detailed design of the 550-MW Sopladora hydroelectric project, to be built on Ecuador's Paute River. Bids now are due January 14.

The deadline extension from December 14 was reported by Business News Americas. (HNN 11/1/07) Hidropaute said companies that purchased bidding documents included LEME Engenharia Ltda., Colpex Project y Asociados, Ingenieros Consultores Civiles Electricos S.A. INGETEC, and Socoin Carona II Pemegas y Otros.

Hidropaute planning and marketing head Marcelo Espin also confirmed the government would increase the proposed capacity of Sopladora to 550 MW, up from the previous 312.6 MW, increasing the project's original price of US$322 million by 30 percent, BNamericas said.

Hidropaute said it seeks a design consultant to validate existing studies and to study optimization of the project in relation to the 1,075-MW Paute and 162.6-MW Mazar projects. Work then includes definitive design of civil works and general designs for use by a manufacturer to design hydro-mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment.

Espin also announced that Hidropaute awarded a contract to update the project's environmental impact statement to Ecuador firm Charlieg Ingenieria y Remediacion. (HNN 3/13/07)

Power regulator Consejo Nacional de Electrificacion (Conelec) granted a concession certificate to Hidropaute in March 2007, giving the generator the exclusive right for construction and operation of the hydro project. The energy and mines ministry has previously said Sopladora is to be complete in 2011, generating power for 3 cents/kWh.

The project is to have no dam, but is to utilize water discharged by the Paute project, which Hidropaute operates. The ministry said, together with the Mazar project that Hidropaute is developing, the projects will optimize use of the Paute River's hydro potential. (HNN 11/7/07)

For information, contact Secretaria del Comite de Concurso de Ofertas, Hidropaute S.A., Panamericana Norte, Km 7, Sector Capulispamba, Cuenca, Ecuador; PBX: (593) 7-2875191; Fax: (593) 7-2875556; E-mail: sopladora@hidropaute.com; Internet: www.hidropaute.com.

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